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Eric Morel
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Real name Eric Arturo Morel
Nickname(s) Little Hands Of Steel
Rated at Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)
Reach 70 in (177.8 cm)
Nationality Puerto Rico Puerto Rican
Birth date January 10, 1975 (1975-01-10) (age 35)
Birth place San Juan, Puerto Rico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 43
Wins 41
Wins by KO 21
Losses 2
Draws 0
No contests 0

Eric Arturo Morel (born October 10, 1975 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer. He is a former World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight (112 lb) champion.

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Amateur career

Morel had an outstanding amateur career, and was the National Golden Gloves Light Flyweight Champion in 1994. He also was a member of the 1996 US Olympic Team as a Flyweight. His result was:

Lost to Maikro Romero (Cuba) 12-24

Professional career

Known as "Little Hands Of Steel", Morel turned professional in 1996 and won his first 33 bouts, including the WBA flyweight title with a decision win over Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym in 2000. He defended the belt five times before losing it to Lorenzo Parra by decision in 2003.

He then moved up in weight and took on WBA super flyweight title holder Martin Castillo in 2005, but lost a decision.

He will fight Z Gorres for the interim WBO bantamweight title on November 14, 2009.

Outside the ring

Shortly after the loss to Castillo, Morel was convicted of sexual assault of a drunken 15-year-old girl and was sent to prison [1]. In July 2007, Morel was granted an early release within 30 days of August 1, 2007 to allow him to serve the remainder of his sentence on extended supervision.

He will take a shot at the WBC Bantam crown Hozumi Hasegawa on the 18th Dec 2009 in Kobe, Japan.

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Preceded by
Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym
Flyweight boxing champion (WBA)
August 5, 2000 - December 6, 2003
Succeeded by
Lorenzo Parra







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